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Britain’s Oldest Pubs—Some Over 800 Years Old—Still Open

from Epoch Times

Photo by Krisztina Papp / Unsplash

Fascinating then-and-now photos show how some of Britain’s most historic pubs have stood the test of time despite record numbers of UK boozers closing down in 2023.

Black and white images—some dating back centuries—show the iconic pubs throughout the years compared with how they look today.

They include the oldest inn in England, the country’s most central pub, and watering holes visited by Dick Turpin, Elizabeth I, Robert Burns, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The photographs show how many exteriors have barely changed over the decades although horses and carts have been replaced with cars and motorbikes.

Others show the changing face of the surrounding high streets as well as tastes in fashion from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The thriving pubs are proof some are bucking the trend amid record numbers of locals closing across Britain each month.

Nearly 400 pubs closed their doors for good in England and Wales in the first half of 2023, almost as many as the whole of 2022.

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